At press time, Harbaugh had sent Michigan’s athletic department an envelope containing a heavily annotated seating chart, a list of the 63,000 seat views he had found unsatisfactory, and a glowing 70-page report on section 25, row 12, seat 9, which he claimed is “exactly what the great sport of football is all about.”
Michigan defensive lineman Brian Mone has been named to the Polynesian College Football Player of the Year Watch List. Most people probably have not heard of the award because it's only in its second year, but those who follow college football have definitely heard of the player who received the inaugural award: Marcus Mariota. Mone is one of 36 players selected to the watch list, and is one of only two who play football east of the Mississippi.
OK, so I'm too busy to really parse the data, but here's a link to view the spreadsheet.
Of those with kids: 69 people's kids play football, 57 dont.
Future parents: 150 would allow their kids to play, 76 would not. I think this is more "won't allow" than expected.
Now, a few issues with the data. First, I thought that I asked the wrong question. People were asked IF their kids played football, but not if they were allowed to and chose not to play. Blame the survey setter-upper. Second, this is also very much a non-random sample. Many more future parents responded compared to actual parents.
Things that could be interesting: Age range - are there splits of opinion between 30+ and <30 year olds? What about the age of kids? There's more data to analyze, someone who makes fancy charts go ahead and do that.
Thanks to all who responded
Rich Rodriguez quoted yesterday making a subtle comparison between the way he was welcomed at Arizona vs Michigan.
On occasion, I will wander over to Eleven Warriors, largely because they often have something or other about Michigan. There is a decent article by Ramzy Nasrallah about the plague of fans who personally tweet at recruits.
This article is a followup to a previous article he wrote on the same topic.
Inside the article, Ramzy highlights at least one Ohio State fan who abuses twitter, with the handle Laostar7. Ramzy writes,
Don't get too upset with Laostar7. There are hundreds of Laostar7s. Rather than taking a flamethrower to Ohio State's many intrusive sports enthusiasts I chose to showcase only one. Every fan base has a sparkling collection of Laostar7s. The numbers of members enlisted in these brave militias vary by school.
I hope the number of Michigan fans doing this is slim. But earlier in the article, there is reference to at least one Michigan fan who uses twitter to contact Ahmir Mitchell, among others: John Peters.
LINK: John Peters.
Reading Ramzy's article, and then following the link to @John_Peterz and to Laostar7 is disturbing. And it reminds me why I have zero interest in twitter. Ok, there is a use to twitter, but it isn't for me. Regardless of whether you tweet or not, heed Brian and Ace and Seth and Ramzy, and have NOTHING to do with EVER contacting / tweeting / insulting / calling / talking to a recruit you don't have a prior personal connection to. It is wrong, an invasion of personal space, counterproductive, and for those of us over 30, downright creepy.